what does english sound like to a non-english speaker?

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    • 195 Freunde
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    10.5.2007

    Everybody has seen someone speaking nonsense words in an exaggerated French, Russian, Swedish, or Chinese accent.

    Anyone ever seen a non-English-speaking comedian do an impression of someone speaking English?

    Any video links?  :-)

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    • 132 Freunde
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    10.5.2007

    not exactly what your aiming for, but i find Ali-G's british ebonics to be an interesting play on english.

    • Mori Y.
    • Berkeley, Vereinigte Staaten
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    10.5.2007

    English is my first language, but I would imagine it sounds something like the gibberish voice overs for The Sims.  Either that, or Dutch commercials.

    • 55 Freunde
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    10.5.2007

    Argablarg.

    • Ari C.
    • Daly City, Vereinigte Staaten
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    10.5.2007

    Just do a search for "fake english" on youtube.
    Here's one of them  :)
    youtube.com/watch?v=-cx-…

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    10.5.2007

    I've heard the British emulating American using an over-the-top John Wayne accent...

    Mori - good point on the Sims!

    • Koizumi Y.
    • Beaconsfield, Vereinigtes Königreich
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    10.5.2007

    Exactly, Jolly Roger. Or a Bush twang...

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    • Ari C.
    • Daly City, Vereinigte Staaten
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    10.5.2007

    I love Sim language!

    • Gil S.
    • San Francisco, Vereinigte Staaten
    10.5.2007

    When I was a kid Monty Python was my only exposure to that peculiar British bastardization of the language.  I had no idea they were doing accents to make fun of various occupations, social classes, or regions.  Their exaggerated attempts to imitate an American accent were very hard for me to understand at all.  Now I hear what they're doing and think it's pretty funny.

    • Lisa B.
    • San Francisco, Vereinigte Staaten
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    10.5.2007

    Germans always told me that the difference between British and American English is that it sounds like Americans have a sock in their mouths.

    • Lauren S.
    • San Francisco, Vereinigte Staaten
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    10.5.2007

    Simolish!  I'm a huge Sims fan.  Good call, Mori!

  3. 10.5.2007

    haha... I agree that it probably sounds like Simlish.

    I'm not biased or anything ;-)

    • Tom P.
    • Oakland, Vereinigte Staaten
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    10.5.2007

    ChiYan a.k.a. Kotori T. says:

    I wonder how the British imitate us.

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    i lived in england for a year. to do an american accent, they exaggerate their Rs, turn their long As into short As, and drag their intonation out.

    they also said i was one of the few americans they could understand without much effort. i don't know why.

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